I was standing in the kitchen talking with Brian about the birth experience I wanted to have this time. My second natural, home birth and I knew what to expect -the feelings, the challenges, the process. All things I had missed with my medicated hospital births for my first two children. This time around I had … Continue reading Truly Anne’s Peaceful Natural Home Birth | Riding The Waves
I woke up ridiculously early again today. Just couldn't go back to sleep. So I doodled around online, worked on some projects, took myself for a walk to see the sunrise, came home and painted a canvas.As I approached the house after my walk, I stopped and stared. Inside held 4 people I love, a … Continue reading 38 Weeks Pregnant | The Push-Pull of Waiting | Maternity Portraits
Reading Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin, I kept seeing references to women "giving some" to their husbands during labor. Yeah, my mind when there, too. What in the heck are they talking about -surely not that, I mean, she's in labor and they're encouraging her to "give some" to her man? Right NOW?! No, … Continue reading Wait, you want me to do what? During Labor?!
My youngest sister had a baby. During a visit a year later, while I was pregnant with my third child, she casually mentioned something I've heard so often, and actually held as a personal opinion. "Well, when you have a baby, your body changes. You never go back to looking the same." The conversation was … Continue reading Pregnancy and Weight Training: Dos and Don’ts | Plant Based Weight Training
When you're close to something, you often don't see how extreme or different it is. You have limited perspective. It becomes normal, though if viewed from the outside you might be rather shocked. I feel that way about our life. Last week I was sitting in a meeting with a client and we got around to … Continue reading Confessions: We Look Weird On Paper
Ever since I was old enough to understand where babies came from, I knew that birthing was the epitome of pain. At least that's what I was taught. God's curse upon Eve for taking a bite from the apple was to have painful childbirth. Hey, that's what the Bible said. I believed it. Pair that with … Continue reading Removing Fear From Birthing
My last pregnancy I could hardly wait to schedule my first appointment with my midwives at the Central Texas Birth Center. Having a natural, un-hospitalized birth was totally new and I was intrigued -no, I was giddy- to begin this adventure. About four weeks ago I serendipitously bumped into my midwife, Salli, at the grocery store. … Continue reading 10 Weeks+A Heartbeat // OB/GYN vs Midwives